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Alfred Raleigh Taylor

July 6, 1928 — January 19, 2021

Staff Sargent Alfred R. Taylor, USMC has been permanently re-assigned to guarding the streets of Heaven with his fellow Marines effective 19 January 2021. Alfred Raleigh Taylor was born 6 July 1928 the only son of Raleigh Jackson Taylor and Annie Blanche Crawford Taylor in Gates County, North Carolina. They both preceded him in death. Alfred married Eugenia Dare Eure Taylor on 9 November 1946, in Portsmouth, Virginia. Their marriage lasted until her death on 26 August 2016. They had two daughters,: Patricia Dare Taylor Stringer (John Gary Stringer) of Somerset, KY, and Teri Ann Taylor Jasper of Newport News, VA. They both survive. Eugena and Alfred have four grandchildren: Courtney Dare Stringer Hollis (Kevin Eugene Hollis) of Richmond, KY, John Cory Stringer (Emily Wesley Stringer of Lexington, KY, Dustin Hollis Jasper of Newport News, VA and Cameron Taylor Jasper (Stefanie Jones Jasper) of Newport News, VA. Eugenia and Alfred have six great-grandchildren: Haley Dare Hollis, Kaleb Eugene Hollis, Raleigh Jean Hollis, Brody Landon Parks, Taylor Ann Jasper , Madison Marie Jasper, and Aubrey May Jasper. Alfred was a proud Staff Sargent in the United States Marine Corps until he received a direct commission into the United States Naval Reserve as a Lieutenant. He was a veteran of World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. He served in the US Naval Intelligence until his retirement from the naval service. Alfred was a geologist in the United States Geological Survey after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He mapped many parts of the country during his tenure with the Geological Survey, such as , Montana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Kentucky. He also participated in an expedition that mapped Antarctica in 1959. He has a mountain named for him there: Taylor Outlier. After retiring from the USGS they moved to Somerset, KY, to be nearer to his eldest daughter, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. But that didn't last long. He applied for and was accepted to do a short term (6 to 9 months) mapping project with the Virginia Department of Mines and Minerals. He was based in Abington, VA, and what was supposed to be a few months became another 20 year career. After finally being convinced that 20 years was enough, he retired from Virginia and returned to Somerset for the final time. They built their dream home in Somerset and enjoyed the happy times with their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sadly, the love of his life , Eugenia Dare Taylor Eure, died on 26 August 2016. Alfred lived at home for as long as he could while being cared for by his daughters, but finally he had to be admitted to Somerset Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility. He was cared for by many hard-working staff there until his death at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. There will be a private celebration of life for SSGT / LT Taylor at Pulaski Funeral Home for the family on 25 January 2021 at 1:00 p.m. We will say: "See you later and Semper FI" to a patriot, loving husband, family man and explorer. He will then be with his beloved Eugenia at Mill Springs National Cemetery... "Of the Universe". Pulaski Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.
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